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Old 04-04-2005, 03:22 PM   #11
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There are so many debates about the cold water thing. I use it because I don't actually have to watch the process. But I think the way you did it is undoubtedly the fastest way. I am so sorry you had to go through that.
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Old 04-05-2005, 12:44 PM   #12
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You did the right thing. My husband puts down our fish, I can't bear to. One day, he pulled out an ill one and I heard a thunk sound. I hadn't even left the room and he cracked it's little head on the side of the tank. I know it was quick, I know it was the right thing, but I still can hear that sound
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you did the right thing like everyone else said, but like other people said it MAY have been brutalbut yet she didnt even know it

im sorry for your loss and i thought thats a better way to be "Put to Sleep" than being frozen to death

once again, you did a good thing instead of letting her suffer

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Putting a fish down is hard to do but it was easier than putting my dog down last month after 15 years of companionship. THAT was tough.

I use clove oil in some tank water in a small bowl first, this puts the fish to sleep. Then I place in freezer until soild.

I lost 2 bettas myself this winter so hang in there.

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From what you describe, it didn't sound like your betta was going to get any better. I had to euthanize a Bolivian ram a few weeks ago and it really bothered me for a while, but I know I did the right thing by ending the suffering. I didn't have the guts to do what you did, so I got a cup of refrigerated, dechlorinated water, put Scratchy in there, and put it in the freezer. The water I used was cold enough that he just kind of went into shock, it wasn't like the water temp was lowered gradually.

It's not like you didn't try to save her, you know? You did what you had to do, and your fish didn't suffer. That's the important thing.
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It's always a horrible thing to do, but like everyone else said, it seemed like the right thing to do. Sorry you had to go through it, but at least you did it quickly and as painlessly as possible.

As far as effective methods for the squeamish or others who may not be able to do it like Billsgate did it, the best method is to put the fish in a dish with water, add clove oil to put them to sleep, and then put the dish in the freezer. It takes a little longer, but it is also a painless method.
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I had to euthanize my very first fish today... and it was just a feeder comet! for some reason my shark befriended it, and never ate it! it lived for close to a month, and today i found it stuck to the filter, and the filter had actually pulled one of it's eyes off.

i knocked it off the filter, and it kind of started to swim, but not really. i netted it out, put it in a brown plastic bag, and **** it with one of my college text books (Cisco CCNA 3 & 4... a huge book).

it was hard even though it wasn't what i consider to be one of "my fish," and was purchased to die anyways. but still a tough thing to do!
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